Archive for September, 2006

Beyond being grounded

Posted in Dance on September 2nd, 2006

First, to be balanced.
Then, to be on your axis.
And then, to be grounded.
What’s next? That’s it?

I never asked myself the aboved questions until when I was in BA this August. I have been slowly changing my way of walking since last year, after my private lessons with Cacho Dante and Rosana Devesa. As usual, the process of adopting a new habit is slow and sometimes not very successful. It was only until dancing in an afternoon milonga in Buenos Aires – El Arranque, I started to feel comfortable with my (new) way of walking.

In fact, I felt more than just comfortable, I felt great – I felt the floor, and I felt it so well that it seems it’s giving me energy to move! I don’t know how to describe it exactly, but then I suddenly realize one thing – the energy flow is not only limited between the 2 dancing body, the energy flow also happen between the body and the floor as well. This flow feels like a tennis ball bouncing back from the floor.

I had very good dances that afternoon. My body communicated very well with my partners and with the floor as well. The constant energy flow between the three – my body, my partner’s body and the floor makes the dance so fluid anad strong, dancing become not tiring at all. That is a fantastic feeling! I can only get it once in a while after that afternoon, but my body is slowing getting it. Few days later, during the private lesson with Cacho and Rosana, I told them that this year I feel the floor very well, I feel I have good relationship with it and I’m very happy about that. They smiled when they heard that. To deepen and fertilize this feeling, they gave me an exercise – dancing with bare feet. Haven’t tried that? Try it (wear socks though, otherwise you can’t pivot), and see whether you can make friend with the floor. ;)

So going back to the question at the beginning – what’s next?

My answer: Connect with the floor and let the energy flows between your body and the ground.